Flaherty and Ahrens To Be Honored at a Benefit for Amas Musical Theatre
By Helaine Feldman, Contributing Writer, March 2, 2017
Tony Award-winning composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on this Island, Ragtime, Rocky, Seussical, Dessa Rose) will receive the 2017 Rosie Award presented by the Amas Musical Theatre at a gala benefit on Monday, April 3 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, at 55 Lexington Avenue at East 25th Street. The evening celebrates the theatre’s 48th anniversary as a pioneer in diversity and multi-ethnic casting. Tony Award-winning actress, singer, dancer Chita Rivera is Honorary Chair of the event, and theatre journalist Peter Filicia will be Master of Ceremonies.
Amas (Latin for “love”), was founded in 1968 by actress/producer Rosetta LeNoire (1911-2002) to combat racism and promote inclusion and non-traditional casting. For this work, she was recognized by President Clinton in 1999 with the National Medal of Arts.
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards and two Grammy nominations for the score of Broadway’s Ragtime. Their other works have received critical acclaim and recognition as well. In 2014, they received the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement, and in 2015, they were inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Their most recent collaboration, Anastasia, is due to open on Broadway on March 23 at the Broadhurst Theatre.
The special anniversary celebration also includes a champagne reception, a silent auction, and a performance by students of the Rosetta LeNoire Musical Theatre Academy in a preview of their upcoming spring production, followed by the The Flip Side, unknown musical gems by Ahrens and Flaherty performed by original cast members from some of their hit shows. A scholarship in the name of Rosetta LeNoire will also be given to a college-bound student attending the Amas teen academy.
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Cover: Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; photo: Morris Macmatzen